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Can My Teeth Erode Away?

Canadian dentists are seeing more and more patients with dental erosion. Dental erosion occurs when the hard part of the tooth wears away from direct contact with acid. Dental erosion can be caused by certain health conditions such as stomach acid problems and eating disorders, but eating and drinking foods high in acid such as…

What is pregnancy gingivitis?

Besides the very obvious physical exterior changes a woman goes through during pregnancy, there are other more subtle changes that occur in the mouth. Many pregnant women ask “why do my gums bleed all of a sudden when I brush and floss my teeth? Why are my gums so sensitive when I brush and floss?”….

Dry Mouth (Also Known As Xerostomia)

Dry mouth occurs when there is not enough saliva, or spit to keep your mouth moist and comfortable. Dry mouth is not a disease. It is a side effect of taking medications or can be a symptom of certain diseases or conditions. Dry mouth is a common complaint amongst older adults but can occur at…

Vita Dental Wellness wants to sponsor your team!

Chilliwack Minor Hockey Players! Vita Dental Wellness wants to sponsor your team! Enter for a chance to win a $500 sponsorship from VDW in the upcoming hockey season (2019-2020) Vita Dental Wellness would like to sponsor your team! Bring your CMHA hockey player in for a cleaning, checkup, new patient exam, etc. … During the…

What? A sugar that is good for your teeth?

What is xylitol? Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol that helps prevents cavities. You may recognize other sugar alcohols used in sugarless products, such as mannitol and sorbitol. Xylitol is the sugar alcohol that shows the greatest promise for cavity prevention. It is equal in sweetness and volume to sugar and the granular form can…

Why do my gums bleed?

This is a very common question that dentists hear on a daily basis. Although this can be a painless phenomenon, it can be uncomfortable and worrisome. Luckily, for the majority of cases this can be easily corrected. The most common cause of bleeding gums is a condition called gingivitis. This refers to the inflammation of the…

What is a night guard and why should I wear one?

A night guard or an occlusal splint is an acrylic oral appliance prescribed by your dentist to be worn for a specific reason(s). There are many types of guards that exist with each type serving a specific purpose. It is important to distinguish between sport guards and occlusal guards. Sport guards are soft, flexible rubber-like…

Should I change my silver (amalgam) fillings to white (composite) fillings?

This is a very popular question in dentistry today; one which does not have a simple answer. Silver fillings are composed of a variety of metals including: mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Composite fillings are made of a combination of dimethacrylate monomers(acrylic) and silica fillers (glass). Both options have their indications and limitations depending on…

3 simple things you can do to prevent cavities

Aside from the obvious things your dentist tells you like flossing and brushing your teeth, there are other simple everyday things you can do to fight cavities. Eat and drink your food/liquids in one sitting. In other words, don’t graze! If you’re constantly snacking and drinking (coffee, pop, juice) throughout the day you are replenishing…

What role does fluoride serve in oral health? Do we really need it?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in our environment. We are exposed to it on a daily basis from the foods we eat, the water we drink, and the ground we walk on. Unfortunately for most people, these extremely low levels are not sufficient to help reduce dental decay. Fluoride is also added to most toothpastes and some mouthwashes. In the dental…

When should a child see a dentist for the first time?

As parents tending to many of our children’s needs, dental check-ups often end up at the bottom of the list. In fact most children do not see a dentist for the first time until they are well over a year old. The American Dental Association and Canadian Dental Association recommend a child be seen by a…

Is there a dental device that can be used to prevent snoring?

Snoring and sleep apnea (a condition that involves periods during which a person stops breathing while asleep) afflicts many people. A large portion of people with sleep apnea are not even aware that they have it. The most common cause of both involves the throat becoming closed off by the tongue as the body relaxes…